I’ve been blogging about bullshitters and mindfuckers since, ooh, last September. Recently, I claimed that woos are angry and I asked why. For balance, perhaps I should ask why sceptics are so whiny?
Sceptics and woos sometimes appear to be almost like adults and children. The kids are asking why they can’t use the Akashic field in order to cure cancer and stamping their feet in a temper tantrum on being told that the reason they can’t is because there is no such thing as an Akashic field (and would they mind awfully if we didn’t wait for their imaginary friend before we set off on holiday, because we’ve only got an hour before our flight and we have to set off to the airport now). This analogy probably won’t stand much stretching, but for the sceptics there does seem to be a general whining about how the public need to be protected from woo. Well, the woo-buying public aren’t children – and we are not their mothers. Obviously, some of us think it important to provide a counter to the bullshit that is produced by woos on a daily basis and perpetuated by lifestyle mags and the mainstream media but do we have to sound so paternalistic?
Obviously, I’m as guilty as the next man (or woman) and I reckon I’ve done my fair share of whinging – to the BBC over JABS, and to NASH over the claims made by one of the homeopaths registered with them. Not to mention on my blog, where I’ve found time to criticise anti-vaccinationists, nutritionists, and homeopaths among others. I reckon I could debunk the sillier claims of nutritionists and homeopaths without whinging about people being ripped off or endangered. With the exception of those who give their children ‘Alternative’ medicine instead of the real thing, most of the victims of woo are surely people who are old enough and intelligent enough to make their own decisions on these things?